Here are four myths about halitosis or bad breath:
Myth # 1:
Mouth Wash alone will take care of it. Reality –Gargling with Listerine is just a drop in the bucket. Breath fresheners are a partial temporary fix which do not solve the real problem at its cause.
Myth # 2:
Brushing and flossing alone will take care of it. Reality- Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease, is the more likely culprit. While brushing and flossing may prevent gum disease, they certainly do not treat Periodontal disease or cure it by themselves.
Myth # 3:
If you breathe into your hand, you’ll know if you have bad breath. Reality- maybe your hand just smells. This test just doesn’t work.
Myth # 4:
The attitude of “I don’t have bad breath”. Reality-You’re probably not the best judge. Denial hinders solving this social ailment. Halitosis is a serious social problem.
Halitosis is generally caused by odor producing bacteria found in the mouth. Usually brushing just 2 minutes a day plus flossing should help prevent bad breath. The underlying gum disease will still continue however and allow nasty bacteria to grow beneath your gums, destroying jawbone and causing nasty gum disease odor.
If your problem continues, we need to talk. But not too closely! You don’t need to offend your friends with your breath.
If you have questions about halitosis, please call our Central CT Dental office, Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT. The Dental Health professionals at the office of Dr. Thomas Peltzer would love to help.